WeMo Switch Smart Plug, Works with Alexa
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||2.55 x 5.29 x 8.18 inches|
About this item
- Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
- Wemo is home automation the easy way: Plug in a Wemo Switch, download the free app, and start controlling your lights and appliances from anywhere in the world, right from your phone. No hub or subscription required
- Why come home to a dark house? Why let the fan run if nobody’s home? Set on and off times for your lights and small appliances
- Sync lights to sunrise, sunset, and other external events automatically. Create schedules from your phone and change them easily, whenever the mood strikes
- The Wemo Switch protects your home better than a mechanical timer. In “Away Mode”, your lights will turn on and off randomly to confuse potential intruders and make it look like somebody is home
- Works with Nest Thermostat so your lights and appliances “know” when you’re home or away, and respond automatically. Works with any smartphone or tablet running Android 4.1 and higher or iOS 8 and higher. Electrical Rating120V/15A/60Hz/1800W
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At a Glance:
- Remote control devices
- Set schedules/timers
- Away Mode
- Works with Alexa
The Wemo Switch Wi-Fi Smart Plug uses your existing home Wi-Fi network to provide wireless control of your lights and appliances. Using the free Wemo app, you can turn on a space heater in your garage or a fan in your kitchen, even if you're miles from home.
No subscription or hub is required: simply plug Wemo Switch into an electrical outlet, connect a device to the Smart Plug, and wirelessly control your device using a tablet or phone. This makes it easy to put a living room lamp on a schedule or – for peace of mind – randomize your home lights when you're on vacation so it looks like you're home.
What's in the Box:
- Wemo Switch Smart Plug
- Quick Start Guide
Set Schedules and Timers
Using the free Wemo app, you can schedule a lamp to turn on at sunset, or keep your house comfortable in the summer by scheduling a fan to turn on at noon.
Turn Off Appliances Remotely
If you have a habit of accidentally leaving an appliance – such as a curling iron – on, Wemo Switch Smart Plug offers peace of mind by allowing you to turn it off, even if you're already halfway to the office.
Protect Your Home with Away Mode
Using Wemo ‘Away Mode', you can create the illusion that you’re at home even when you’re away. 'Away Mode' turns plugged-in lights on and off in a random pattern.
Hands-Free Control with Alexa
When paired with Amazon Alexa, the Wemo Switch Smart Plug gives you hands-free voice control over your devices. Turn your lights, appliances, or an entire room on or off using just your voice.
Compatible with Nest
The Wemo Switch Smart Plug pairs with Nest’s Thermostat to offer a range of automatic control options. The Thermostat detects when you’re home or away and syncs with Wemo Switch. Use Nest compatibility to turn a fan off when the house is empty, or have your lights switch on when you come back home.
Add More Features with IFTTT
'If This, Then That' is a free web-based service that lets you do amazing things with your Wemo. Turn lamps, coffee makers, fans and other electronics on when you’re almost home or off when you leave. With IFTTT, Wemo can even schedule the lights to turn on automatically when you open the garage. Visit the site to find 'recipes' for your Wemo Switch.
Did you forget to turn off the window A.C.? How about that curling iron? Want the living room lamp to turn on when the sun goes down—automatically? The Wemo Switch gives you control of your lamps and small appliances whenever you want, wherever you choose, with tons of options for scheduling and automation. Paired with Amazon Alexa, you can control your lamps and appliances with just the power of your voice. When Wemo works with Nest Thermostat, you can set your lights to turn off automatically when you leave the house, and on when you get home again. No central hub or subscription is required. Wemo also has an on/off switch on the unit, in case the Wi-Fi goes down. Compatible with Apple iOS 8 or higher and Android 4.1 or higher. Electrical Rating 120V/15A/60Hz/1800W. 24-hr Wemo support is available at 1-844-745-WEMO. Wi-Fi: 2.4GHz 802.11n,Product dimensions:2.9 inch L x 4.5 inch H x 2.2 inch D,Weight:8.9 ounces,Plugs into any regular 120v wall outlet.
Seller not responsible for any item defects. Buyer will have to contact the Belkin company. Sale is FINAL, no returns or refunds.
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The reason for the one star rating from me is two-fold. First, the switch only stays connected to wi-fi about two days at a time. After that, when you try to use Alexa to turn on the switch, it will tell you that the device is not responding. So you need to disconnect it and re-connect it to the outlet it is on. And again, this will work for about 2 days before you need to do it again. It does not matter if you reset it to factory default, it will do the same thing again.
I contacted Belkin support about this and I told the representatives there that I reset to factory default about 10 times and the issue kept happening. I was told to try the same thing again, and also to try to do it with cellular data disabled on my cell phone. That would have no effect because you have to use wifi to set it up. I had both my cell phone and the switch on the same wifi network and it would still inexplicably lose connection.
I got the TP-Link smart switch instead and I have had absolutely NO disconnects from the wifi network ever, and also no issue with Alexa. This switch does not work and then Belkin support is atrocious as far as honoring the warranty they are supposed to have on these devices. I am not sure what is happening to Belkin but their products and quality is slipping. I would not buy any of these switches again nor would I recommend it to anyone.
It's been in use for over 5 months at the time of this review (19SEP16).
OVERVIEW: I use this (and several other Wemo devices) with my Echo (aka Alexa!)- which means I only use this device "locally". (I don't have any application where I count on this device to respond to me when I'm abroad.) This Wemo outlet works flawlessly when house-power is stable (See •• below). I have other Wemo devices that I have programmed on/off times of day... my personal application of this switch does not require any daily routines to be programmed.
My only interaction with this device is voice commands (e.g. "Alexa, turn TV off").
>>The outlet controls the power to the TV. There are times when the TV has been left on and the remote is not within eyesight. Walking through the room I can simply command Alexa to turn off the TV - and walah! for a one-time expense of 40 bucks I have solved the family conflict of "where's the *+=#$*@ remote. (and the buttons on the new TVs are too stealthy for me).
Part of the Wemo family- Wemo's simple *but stable* cloud programming allows me to set up times of day to turn my device on or off. Times of day can be absolute (e.g. "11:00 PM- TURN OFF") or can be relative (e.g. "Turn off 30 min after sunset"). Really... if you aren't familiar with Wemo power in your home- read up or just buy a single device to test it out. Simple home automation done affordably well.)
• Large protrusion from the outlet, bulky on the wall. (As you can see- I gave it 5 stars because I don't care about the bulky protrusion- but this "feature" still exists).
•• Doesn't always recover from a power outage. A power outage can be hard on devices, since it's often not a clean drop in line voltage... but more of a "brown out" situation (low voltage still present/not cool for electronic components)- or worse-a surge in power before a brown out. This condition also impacts my wireless router (randomly)- so the inability for the switch to come back online following a power outage is also affected by my router's ability to come back online. In the 5 months I've had this switch I've had to walk over an manually press the reset button on the rear of the device. No biggee- unless I used this device in a remote-control scenario). Again- this feature hasn't diminished my 5 star rating.
Net Evaluation= none of the cons take away from why I purchased this device. It's stable, provides lots of flexibility and IS a recommended buy.
Would I buy another one? The $40 price tag drives a fair amount of "need" on my part before I'll part with the cash. I've tried other competitors with a slightly lower price, however the cloud support & set up doesn't hold a candle to Wemo.
DISCLOSURE: Wemo (nor anyone else) gave me a single nickel to write this review. It's absolutely unbiased- I'm motivated only by the desire to share a good thing with others when I come across it. Happy Automating.....
Thankfully Amazon allows me to return a defective product easily. Don't waste your time on this.
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Por lo demás, he logrado hacerlo funcionar a kilómetros de distancia y el control manual no tiene ninguna falla, aunque para eso no es para lo que se compró. También es sencillo usarlo con varios teléfonos que tengan la aplicación y solo basta con abrir la app mientras estás conectado a la misma red que el enchufe para que se sincronice y lo puedas controlar a distancia.
Added a star because as of June 26 2017, Google Home is available in Canada and it supports WEMO switches! The one wemo switch I have is on my bedroom fan and I've just ordered a second!
If all you need is control over one device this should do the trick.
As other people have reported, the software is junk. It's too slow to do anything in (even navigating between screens), takes too long to refresh, looks terrible and just generally feels sloppy. However, if you're willing to tolerate it, it will get the job done.
The device can be controlled via IFTTT (If This Then Than) although it's only very basic. You can turn it off and on - that's it. Unfortunately you can't get at the timer function built into the device.
Discovery via Amazon Echo is also simple ("Alexa, discover my appliances"). It uses the name you assigned your switch in the WeMo app (so you can call the switch "Coffeemaker" and tell Alexa to "Turn on Coffeemaker"). Again, very primitive. You can't say things like, "Alexa, turn on my coffee maker in half an hour" or "at 7am".
The device remembers all its settings if it looses power.
I got this device with the hopes that I could turn my UV sterilizer (used to cure 3D prints) on and set auto-off timers hands-free via my Echo (e.g. "Alexa, Turn my UV sterilizer on for 3 hours"). It didn't quite live up to my expectations in this regard, although I was able to set a delayed timer in the WeMo app (to always turn off the appliance x minutes after turning on) and then tell Alexa to turn it on. So as long as I'm happy with pre-set 3 hour cycle, it works.
I wish the product description included details about compatibility with dual band networks.
I wish I could return this item but no longer have the original packaging. Waste of money and plastic.